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Diagnostic Misinformation at a Health Resort

Arthur J. Patek, M.D.
JAMA. 1912;LIX(22):1990-1991. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110402021.
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To the Editor:  —Many and curious are the tales that are brought back to us by patients from their visits to Kurorte. Even if the tendency of the laity to distort medical information be discounted, there must be a grain of truth in their version of the diagnostic misinformation occasionally meted out to them, armed with which they seek out the family physician and challenge him for his failure to make similar composite diagnoses.There are capable Kurärzte, of course, although it will be evident at a glance thatthe particular one in mind is not of this class.Concerning the experience that gives occasion to these remarks, let me explain: A woman living in the central part of this state visited one of the well-known and most widely advertised Kurorte in this country. She did not consider herself ill, but wished to indulge in baths and general treatment in lieu


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